Indian diplomat Raj Aggarwal led the celebrations at the International Yoga Day event at Cardiff Castle, the first since the Covid pandemic. The Honorary Consul to India for Wales was joined by several yoga lovers at a special masterclass in the grounds of the castle.
Raj Aggarwal, who also is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical School said, "It was a fabulous day for the community and we really came together as a celebration of the resilience of humanity. We were also blessed with fabulous good weather so we could also practice our yoga out in the sunshine.
"I am pleased to take part in this global event to celebrate the 5000-year-old practice of yoga, which originated in North India. Yoga is not only a great way for people to keep fit and healthy, it also helps focus the mind and allows people to relax and unwind from the stresses and strains of modern life. This is the 8th International day of Yoga Day and it was celebrated globally with the blessings of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi."
Raj also called for yoga sessions to be introduced in Welsh schools, and added, "Detailed studies have shown that children are more attentive , relaxed in class and that they can retain knowledge better if they have regular yoga sessions. There are enough Yoga practitioners to support this valuable activity at negligible cost "
The celebrations of the International Yoga Day were held in the beautiful grounds of Cardiff Castle. The event had been postponed since 2019 due to the Covid epidemic. There were free yoga sessions for people of all abilities, from complete beginners to veteran yogis by various yoga practitioner.
The event was open to all members of the public for free and classes were given by yoga experts.